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Foreign coaching invasion angers Noble

14/07/2011 04:38:40 AM Comments (0)

Former Great Britain boss Brian Noble has slammed English officials for a lack of home grown coaches in the Super League.

"If I were a young, eager and enthusiastic British coach setting out now, trying to learn my trade, I would be incredibly disillusioned," said Noble in a column for the new Forty-20 monthly magazine.

"Most likely, I would not even be tempted to try."

His comments came after little-known Australian Matt Parish - previously the assistant at North Queensland Cowboys and New South Wales - was appointed as the new coach of Salford, meaning that nine of the 14 Super League clubs have an overseas boss.

Noble, the most successful coach in the Super League era during his five years with Bradford, said England's Rugby Football League had to do more to promote local coaches.

"Alongside David Waite in 2000-01, I helped deliver programmes to a squad of around 20 coaches, each of whom were earmarked and mentored," Noble said.

"Among that group were Graham Steadman, Mike Ford, the Kelly brothers and David Lyon - none of whom are currently working within the game.

"We need a system that has to be propagated by the RFL."

But RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer insisted: "We've got a number of top-quality British coaches involved within the game already and, as the governing body, we continually attempt to develop and promote our own talent.

"Despite the fact that any one of the clubs in the professional game is ultimately an independent business and consequently will take its own independent decisions on how best to drive that business forward, it is the RFL's objective to develop the pathways which best position British coaching talent," he added.

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